Holiday Interview With Cover Model and Actor John Antorino

John Antorino is visiting here with me on Cover Model Corner and I’m excited to share his interview with everyone. I first met John and his mother at a writer’s event in East Tennessee in December two years ago and the seed of a story idea grew as I saw the work he has been doing with children who are very sick. That story idea led to my newest project and I’m excited to share that Jenna’s Christmas Wish is now available through Dark Castle Lords Publishing. Now let’s chat with John.

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John, the first cover you appeared on, Dreams of a Raven Moon, was also with Dark Castle Lords. Is Jenna’s Christmas Wish the second cover you’ve appeared on for Dark Castle Lords and have you been on other covers? And how did you get into cover modeling?

John:

Yes, and I’ve been on some other covers as well. I got into cover modeling basically by people telling me I’d be perfect for the covers. And photographers and authors contacting me to do them. So here I am!!

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Debra:

Beyond modeling for book covers what other types of modeling have you done?

John:

I’ve done it all. I started out as a fashion model when I was very young. Then crossed over into fitness modeling and underwear modeling, then into acting. I have done it all and still do it all. I’ve been blessed with great genes, as well as a crazy work ethic.

Debra: You’ve played a 1900’s Italian immigrant an HBO series called “The Knick” and a German Nazi Soldier in the movie “Escaping the Holocaust”. Can you tell us about your latest movie? I understand you have one releasing in the theaters just a few days.

John:

I had one released this year called “Beyond The Trophy”. We are now waiting for a release date for what was titled “Escaping the Holocaust” and now titled “There Is Many Like Us”. Stay tuned!!

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Debra:

Do you have any new projects coming up that you would like to tell us about?

John:

Yes, first I am excited about the new book- Jenna’s Christmas Wish coming out and will being doing lots of press and pub for that. Attend some conventions and conferences representing DCL and the new book. I am still the face of and sponsored athlete for the company- Muscle Wiz. And we have lots going on with new products coming out. I will be doing new magazine ads for them, as well as appearances and demos for them. Anyone looking for great protein powders, fat burners, and other great products check them out and feel free and contact me about: www.musclewiz.com

I have some movies in the works that are still in pre-production. So keep an eye out for news on those.

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Questions sent in by our fans:

How did you get started, and how old were you?

John :

I started when I was young and in college. I was always being approached by people in general, as well as agents, photographers, scouts, etc….And they would always say I had a great look and could be in magazines and on tv/movies. I didn’t really think anything of it at first. I was just a kid in college having fun and playing sports. As time went on and it happened more and more. I would go home and tell my mom. She said let’s go see what it’s all about. We took the bus to NYC one day and the rest is history as they say!

Does he attend cons?

John:

Yes I do. And hope to attend many more in 2016 and beyond!!

What did you do before modeling? What do you see yourself doing twenty years from now?

John:

I was in college and having fun. Being a kid. And before my career really took off I worked a few different jobs. While I was in college I worked in nightclubs. As a male dancer and serving drinks. Fun job and fun times. I then worked with disabled adults in day programs teaching them life skills and taking them to the gym. And my last job I was a crisis counselor in a school for troubled youth. Both great and rewarding jobs that I’ll never forget.

20 years I see myself relaxing a lot more. Most likely owning my own business. Probably restaurants. Possibly doing something in the health and fitness field. And always involved with much charity and helping as many sick kids as possible.

Do you have to shave your body before a shoot?

John:

Yes I do. Gotta stay smooth and clean. And showing all the details and hard work of my body for the camera. Makes a huge difference.

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Debra:

One of the things I know about you which inspired me to write a romance hero based on you is how much you do for children who are very ill. I’ve watched this for several years now and you bless so many people with the things you do to help. This also found its way into the story as I find one of the most heroic things a man can do is to help others. Can you tell us a little bit about the work you do with the children?

John:

Yes, helping others and doing for others is and has always been my true passion and calling in life. I’ve been this way and have had this in my heart as far back as I can remember. I typically like to help anyone in need, less-fortunate, sick, homeless….But I really have a soft spot for sick kids. So, I help many sick kids with cancer and other terrible illnesses. I visit them at the hospitals and their homes as well. I buy them gifts and do things for them. Help out the families as much as I can. Spend time with them. Take them out. I even attend their Dr. appointments for support.

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Debra:

What is your favorite way to spend the Christmas holidays?

John:

With family and good friends. Relaxing and eating. Helping and giving to others, especially the sick and less fortunate. No greater feeling in the world for me than to give and make others happy.

Debra:

Do you have any special memories of past Christmases that you’d like to share?

John:

My mother, who raised us (my twin sister and I on her own) always makes Christmas special. She has an annual Christmas Eve party. And it’s full of great foods and family and close friends. The last Christmas I got to spend with both my Grandparents was the most special one for me. I believe it was in 2010. I miss them like crazy and Christmas really isn’t the same anymore.

Debra:

Jenna’s Christmas Wish comes true. John, what is your Christmas wish this year?

John:

My Christmas wish this year is probably the same most every year. It is for all the sick kids to be well and to be able to be home with their families and feeling good. Also, for the less fortunate to have food on their tables, a roof over their heads, and for no kid to wake up Christmas morning without presents.

Debra:

That’s a beautiful wish, John and I will join you in that one and in wishing all our readers a Christmas full of blessings.

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You can learn more about John at http://www.johnantorino.com/ ,http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3016683/ https://www.facebook.com/JohnAntorinofanpage/?ref=mf and https://www.facebook.com/JohnAntorino?fref=ts

And Debra at www.debraparmley.com Cover Model Corner at https://covermodelcorner.wordpress.com/

This interview article also ran in the 2015 December issue of Affaire de Coeur Magazine.

Cover Model Corner Interview With J.D. Hart

J.D. The Pirate

I’m excited to be able to share my Cover Model Corner interview with J.D. Hart with you today. Many of you may know J.D. as the narrator of Sharon Hamilton’s books. He has the most amazing voice. I was fortunate to meet him and Sharon at the A Day With the Authors event in Nashville back in May and when he agreed to do an interview I was thrilled. So let’s step away from covers for a change and take a look at the man behind the narration of some of the best romance stories available today. I’m excited about our peek behind the scenes, so let’s get going.

Debra: J.D., How did you get into voice acting?

J.D.:  I started in radio when I was 18 at WABZ in Albemarle, N.C. Later in life, Chevrolet’s advertising agency hired me to be their TV spokesperson. That gave me the opportunity not only to be on-camera but voice-over many of the commercials that we shot.

Debra: Why are you referred to as the Pirate Narrator?

J.D.: Pirates have more fun! They live spontaneously and improvise a lot. Actually, someone once told me that I looked like Errol Flynn. I didn’t know who he was because he passed away before I was born. When I looked him up and saw that he was a swashbuckler in films and lived an adventurous lifestyle, I liked him immediately. The nickname Pirate Narrator is actually a tribute to Errol, whom left this world much to soon.

Debra: Beyond producing and narrating audio books, what other projects keep you busy?

J.D.: I just finished shooting a TV pilot, The Discarded. I play a psychiatrist in a 1950’s insane asylum. I continue to be the on-camera spokesperson for Dick Smith Automotive in S.C. My life is never boring and I do wing it a lot. I wear a lot of different hats and that takes me to a lot of different places. Still dreaming of that home in Maui!

Debra: What’s one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?

J.D.:  What makes me happy?

Debra: So, J.D., what makes you happy?

J.D.: What makes me happy? Happiness is a little tricky. Sometimes we pretend we are happy when we’re really not. Other times we may be having a happy moment but not realize it until months or even years later. Happiness comes from a place deep within. When I’m in unity consciousness and at peace with myself and others I find that I am truly happy. I am completely happy when I am surrounded by other happy people who realize how fortunate we are to exist on this planet that provides our every need. Simple things like sunny days, bike rides, sitting around a bonfire, a walk on the beach or listening to great music always make me happy.

Debra: That’s a beautiful answer J.D. with so much truth in it. Happiness is a little tricky. Those moments are all the more soul fulfilling when we’re aware. You’ve expressed this so well. I could see you writing a book.

If you wrote a book what would it be about?

J.D.: It would be an autobiography. Mine is quite a story believe it or not. It wouldn’t be a look- at- me, I’m so great kind of book. It would be more about life’s disappointments and struggles and how one hopeful romantic can survive in this world and find balance with life, love and loss.

Debra:  I would be in line to buy that book, for sure. I certainly enjoy listening to you narrate a book.

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Is there any special training for becoming a narrator?

J.D.: There are many classes you can take for voice acting. You need computer and audio software skills in order to do your own editing. For me, the best way is to just do it. If you’re good, people will notice and you’ll stay busy. If not, you can move on and try something else. Years of acting in film, TV and commercials has been the biggest asset for me.

Debra: Who is your favorite storyteller?

J.D.:  Vincent Price had me at “It’s as much fun to scare as be scared”.

Debra: Oh I met him once! I was a preteen and very shy. He came to Springfield, Ohio and it might have been a fundraiser, I’m not sure. My father had tickets for us to go hear him live and his show was wonderful. Afterward, we got to meet him. I’m never forget it. My face was hot and red and I was all tongue tied and hiding beneath my hair as shy young girls do. He put his fingers beneath my chin and tipped it up, looking me in the eyes with a kind smile and said, “You have lovely cheekbones, my dear and a sweet smile. You mustn’t hide them. Your smile could light up the room.” Well I was floating at that point and have forgotten whatever else he said, but I have never forgotten those words. He was such a gentleman and that voice…. simply unforgetable.

It’s clear that you enjoy narrating the books and must be loads of fun! Do you work closely with the author when you narrate their book?

J.D.: Yes, unless the author wants to remain out of it. I’ve recorded many audio books without ever communicating directly with the author. The best work comes from a close relationship with the author. The more honest you can be with each other, the better the final product. The same applies to directors and actors whom choose to work together because they know their combined efforts will create a better experience for their audience.

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Debra: What is your favorite genre to narrate?

J.D.: I’ve narrated corporate, self-help, science fiction. I’ve even narrated anatomy, biology and military text- books and manuals. After Sharon Hamilton and I discovered each other, I would have to say that romance is my favorite genre. It was love at first write! I’m a sucker for a great love story and the action and adventures of a great romance novel really give my acting chops a nice work out plus I enjoy the ride.

Debra: Please describe the perfect romantic evening.

J.D.: Dressed to the nines, I walk into a crowded bar, scanning the room. I approach the bar where sits the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She gives me that look that tells all the wannabes within her perimeter that they don’t stand a chance. I offer to buy her a glass of wine, she accepts. We have light casual conversation while we study each other carefully. We finish the glass of wine and I ask her would she care to dance, although there is no dance floor and no music in the background. I escort her to my BMW convertible. With top down we sail off to a private lake where the moon is glistening on the water. I turn the stereo up with a special CD of love songs that I have created just for this night. We exit the car and move toward the lake of enchantment while holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes. Ah, the perfect song begins playing from my car stereo. The dance begins. As we hold each other, knowing that this is going to be a night we shall never forget for as long as we live, I slowly reach down and touch her wedding band. Then, I thank her for 21 of the best years of my life.

Debra: Now that is romance and a true love story. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Okay now, Eight Quickie questions:

1.) Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Sunset and stars.

2.) The beach or the mountains?

The beach.

3.) Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Primitive camping.

4.) Snow skiing or water skiing?

Water skiing.

5.) Favorite movie:

Body Heat

6.) Best book you ever read:

The Science of Mind (because it changed my life forever

7.) Favorite singer

Neil Diamond

8.) Favorite actor

Gary Oldman

J.D. thank you for visiting with me today and sharing a behind the scenes look at your narration.

Readers, for more about J.D. and his acting and voiceover work you can find him at

www.thebookvoice.net

and www.JDHart.net

I enjoy listening to his narration and I’ll bet you will too.

Cover Model Corner Interview With Daniel Hosse

11292857_10205521832498163_761643850_n I met Daniel Hosse at the A Day With the Authors event in Nashville in May and invited him to do a Cover Model Corner interview with me. I’m pleased to be able to share his interview with you here today. IMG_3289 Welcome Daniel!  What was the first cover you appeared on and how did this come about? Daniel: The first cover I shot was for Renee Lee Fisher. She actually contacted me after seeing one of my shots online and asked me to be on her cover. Debra: If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world for a cover, where would you most want to go? What sort of shoot would it be? Daniel: I’d love to do a shoot in the mountains. I’ve always wanted to do a rustic photo shoot on location somewhere like that. 11270877_10205521832618166_687727660_n Debra: Beyond romance novel cover shots, what other projects or jobs keep you busy? Daniel: I write poetry as well and it’s one of my primary passions. Debra: Poetry is one of my passions too. I do love a good poem. If you wrote a book, what would it be about? Daniel: I have written two and am in the process of formatting them for publication. Both are poetry books. Debra: Excellent. I look forward to reading them! This question is almost always asked in interviews because your fitness level is beyond the average persons. What is your exercise routine and what sort of nutrition plan do you follow to achieve and maintain your level of fitness? 11276059_10205521832578165_1959572634_n Daniel: I workout an average of 6 days a week, focusing on different muscle groups each day. Diet is the biggest part and struggle for me. I’ve always been a “hard gainer” so keeping my weight up and eating constantly is the toughest challenge. Debra: If you could share three simple fitness tips the average romance reader could do every day to stay healthy, what would they be? Daniel: Drink water, eat clean, and listen to your body. Debra: Excellent advice. It’s your birthday dinner and the calories don’t count. What’s on the menu and what are you drinking? Daniel: Sushi and green tea…mmmm. Debra: Oh that sounds delicious. How would you describe the perfect romantic evening? Daniel: You know I don’t think there is a perfect evening, but rather a perfect date. It’d be “her” that would make any evening romantically perfect.

Debra: Now that is romantic. Please share one unusual fact about you or your life:

Daniel: I love big band music and old radio tunes.

Debra: Oh what fun! Okay now Eight Quickie Questions:

  • Watching the sunrise or watching the sunset and the stars?

Definitely the sunset and stars.

  • The beach or the mountains?

Mountains for sure.

  • Primitive camping or luxury hotel?

Camping any day everyday.

  • Snow skiing or water skiing?

Snow skiing please. Favorite movie: It depends on the genre but “The Notebook” is an all time favorite.

  • Best book you ever read:

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Sport to play:

Bass fishing…hey it’s a sport.

  • Sport to watch:

I honestly don’t watch much TV. I’d rather be doing something myself than watching someone else play a game. Debra: Thank you Daniel, it’s been fun getting to know you. Before we end do you have a poem you might like to share with our readers? 11216289_10205521832538164_1501691369_n Daniel: Yes, I can do that.

The Cricket’s Waltz

High in the hills there lived a man,

Old and wise of gaze,

In a little cabin of log and stone,

Living out his days,

Each night he’d sit beneath the moon,

Rocking in his chair,

He’d settle back and light his pipe,

And at the stars he’d stare,

The wind would oft’ blow softly past,

To ring his horseshoe chimes,

Pipe smoke rising gently up,

Smoky phantoms lost in time,

‘Twas early fall as he sat,

One quiet starry eve,

The year nineteen and sixty two,

Yes I do believe,

No wind did blow to carry off,

The chimes they did not ring,

Instead, as he gently smoked,

He heard a cricket sing,

For a moment the old man was moved,

Stopped rocking in his chair,

The cricket’s song ’twas like a waltz,

At some forgotten fair,

The little tune rose and fell,

A symphony of Nature’s crafting,

Old man smiling to himself,

His pipe smoke still a’wafting,

He then began to rock in time,

With his musical little friend,

So they waltzed into the night,

Until the song did end,

The old man then rose and bowed,

Bid the cricket well,

Turned and walked into his home,

‘Neath the moonlight soft and pale,

So each night the two would sing,

The cricket and the man,

And all the woodland animals,

Would come listen to their band,

Perhaps God himself among the crowd,

No one really knew,

But how beautiful were the songs,

Of that timely two,

Fall’s final leaf then fell one day,

And the old man became ill,

He softly lay upon his bed,

The cricket upon his sill,

When he took his final breath,

His little friend then sung a dirge,

Hopped away into the night,

Nary a sound was heard,

Then on that eve beneath the moon,

With a flowered wreath upon the door,

The porch was empty,

just a rocking chair,

And the cricket waltzed no more.

– DNH 06/2014

Debra: Thank you Daniel, what a lovely poem. And such a nice way to end. Thank you for visiting with me on Cover Model Corner. Readers, for more of Daniel’s poetry, be on the lookout for his book which is coming soon. You can find Daniel on Facebook: www.facebook.com/danielnhosse   and Instagram – @kadath